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Episode 7: A Voter Guide and Call to Action

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

One of the most powerful tools for changing history is the ability to vote. For this episode of Black Fam 2.5, we discuss the importance of voting, knowledge of propositions, and what's at stake in the 2020 election.

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Susan Smith Richardson is the chief executive officer for the Center for Public Integrity. She was previously the editorial director of Newsroom Practice Change at Solutions Journalism Network, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to increase civic engagement and strengthen democracy. Prior to that, she was editor and publisher atThe Chicago Reporter, a nonprofit investigative newsroom that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality, and managing editor at theTexas Observer, a venerable voice for independent journalism in the state. She has been an editor at theChicago Tribune and theSacramento Bee, where she led a team that reported on grassroots efforts to rebuild South Central Los Angeles after the 1992 unrest. She has appeared multiple times on the list of most powerful women in Chicago media.

Sylvia Albert is the Director of Voting and Elections for Common Cause. Sylvia works with national staff and Common Cause state offices to press for reforms that expand access to the ballot for eligible voters and promote fair representation in our democracy. Sylvia brings more than a decade of professional experience in public interest law and public policy campaigns expanding ballot access, reducing barriers to participation, and combating voter intimidation among historically disenfranchised communities. She has also done extensive work on fair housing issues serving as a program analyst and an advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the Obama Administration. Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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